PERU: Peruvian organic banana exports on a halt due to floods

  Northern Peru has been severely hit by heavy rains in recent days, which have caused many floods throughout the region. 5,000 hectares of crops have been seriously affected after the overflowing of the river Tumbes, with organic bananas, rice, lemon, cocoa and fruit trees as the most affected crops.   “A flood of this […]

AFRICA: Africa’s staple food crops vulnerable

  A timeline has been produced by researchers on projected climate change and how it is set to alter the face of agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa. If no action is taken, climate change can have a significant adverse affect on food security; in their study, the team of researchers provides timings of the “transformations” needed […]

INFO: Incredible evolution in the watermelon world

  The combination of good products and great service seems to work great in the fresh produce sector, thanks to the capability of satisfying the needs of profoundly changed consumers and of distribution and catering chains, which can now understand new needs, behaviours and choices.   The incredible evolution in the watermelon world caught the […]

KENYA: Avocado disease hits Murang’a, Kiambu

by Alice Waithera, The Star   Avocado farmers have been cautioned against a disease that has been detected in Murang’a and neighbouring counties.   Olivado EPZ Ltd field officer Michael Gitahi said the disease known as Phytophthora has been identified in Kandara and Gikindu areas in Murang’a county and Thika region in Kiambu county.   Gitahi […]

CHILE: Chilean avocado shipments to Asia up 300% in 2015-16

by Fresh Fruit Portal   A flood of Mexican product dampened the market in October, but Chile has still notched a good season in China as it gears up for volume growth in 2016-17.   Chilean Hass Avocado Committee CEO Juan Enrique Lazo told www.freshfruitportal.com there was great expectation for Chilean avocados in China with “tremendous demand”. […]

COLOMBIA: declared three insects as avocado pests

  The Colombian Agricultural Institute, ICA proclaimed three insects as pests that needed official control in the cultivation of Persea americana miller avocados and established measures to manage and control them in Colombia.   The pests are the Lauri Heilipus Boheman seed borer (Coleoptera:curculionidae), the Heilipus trifasciatus seed borer (Fabricius), and the fruit, seed, and […]

BANANA – Market & International Trade

Back to > Major Fruits | Minor Fruits | Underutilized Fruits    Introduction  Name, Taxonomy, Botany  Nutritional Value  Common Varieties  Agronomy  Pest & Disease Management  Post-harvest & Processing  Market and International Trade  Research and Development   Domestic and Export Market Requirement   Banana quality standards Consumers demand high quality of the food they consume and they […]

BANANA – Research & Development

Back to > Major Fruits | Minor Fruits | Underutilized Fruits    Introduction  Name, Taxonomy, Botany  Nutritional Value  Common Varieties  Agronomy  Pest & Disease Management  Post-harvest & Processing  Market and International Trade  Research and Development   Abstracts  1. Ding, Phebe and Ahmad, S.H. and Abd. Razak, Abd. R and M.T.M, Mohamad and Shaari, M. (2007) Plastid Ultrastructure, […]

BANANA – Post-harvest & Processing

Back to > Major Fruits | Minor Fruits | Underutilized Fruits    Introduction  Name, Taxonomy, Botany  Nutritional Value  Common Varieties  Agronomy  Pest & Disease  Post-harvest & Processing  Market and International Trade  Research and Development   Harvesting: Stalks of bananas are usually formed in the late summer and then winter over. In March they begin “plumping […]

BANANA – Pests & Diseases Management

Back to > Major Fruits | Minor Fruits | Underutilized Fruits    Introduction  Name, Taxonomy, Botany  Nutritional Value  Common Varieties  Agronomy  Pest & Disease  Post-harvest & Processing  Market and International Trade  Research and Development   Bananas have few troublesome pests or diseases outside the tropics. Root rot from cold wet soil is by far the […]

BANANA – Agronomy

Back to > Major Fruits | Minor Fruits | Underutilized Fruits    Introduction  Name, Taxonomy, Botany  Nutritional Value  Common Varieties  Agronomy Pest & Disease Management  Post-harvest & Processing  Market and International Trade  Research and Development   Agro-climatic Suitability: Banana is a tropical plant which grows best under warm condition and mean rainfall 75 mm per month. […]

BANANA – Common Varieties

Back to > Major Fruits | Minor Fruits | Underutilized Fruits    Introduction  Name, Taxonomy, Botany  Nutritional Value  Common Varieties  Agronomy  Pest & Disease Management Post-harvest & Processing  Market and International Trade  Research and Development   Distribution: Native to the Indo-Malesian, Asian, and Australian tropics, banana and plantain are now found throughout the tropics and subtropics. […]